Wolfe Center for the Arts

Dr. Ronald E. Shields Bio

Dr. Ronald E. Shields, professor and chair of the Department of Theatre and Film, is a performance studies scholar and teacher, and an experienced stage director. An elected accreditation officer for the National Association of Schools of Theatre, he regularly serves as an external consultant and accreditation reviewer for theatre programs across the country. In 2004 he was selected to participate as an NEH scholar-in-residence summer fellow at Princeton University.

Since 2002 Shields has served as the editor of Theatre Annual: A Journal of Performance, the oldest professional theater journal in America. In addition, he has served on the editorial board for Text and Performance Quarterly since 1992. His recent publications and public lectures have explored topics in film studies and celebrity, 17th century-Venetian opera, pedagogy and performance, and the intersections of musicology and performance studies. He has directed contemporary as well as classical plays, original adaptations of prose fiction and poetry, gallery theatre stagings and opera. His most recent directing credits include two North American premiere productions of early baroque operas by Cavalli, both stagings were scholarly and artistic collaborations with colleagues at BGSU and Paul O'Dette from the Eastman School of Music.

Shields’ scholarship and creative work has been recognized with two prestigious awards. In 2004 he received the Outstanding Performance Studies Scholar Award given by the membership of the Central States Communication Association. In 2006 he was presented with the Leslie Irene Coger Award for Distinguished Scholarship and Creative Work, an award presented by the National Communication Association. Since he joined the BGSU faculty in 1986, Shields has regularly advised master of art and doctorate students as a member of the graduate faculty and has served on more than 100 graduate committees and chaired over 40 master of art and doctorate theses and dissertations.